Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Sinn, president of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research, delivered the Peterson Institute's ninth annual Whitman Lecture on the topic of the euro crisis on May 1, 2013. Dr. Sinn is also the director of the Center for Economic Studies, and professor and chair for economics and public finance at the University of Munich, as well as founding CEO of CESifo Inc. A bestselling author and one of the most prominent voices in German economic policy, Bloomberg Markets Magazine included Dr. Sinn in its list of the "50 Most Influential in 2012."
The Whitman Lecture series at the Peterson Institute was created in 2001 by Robert and Marina von Neumann Whitman. Marina v.N. Whitman is now professor of business administration and public policy at the University of Michigan. She formerly served as vice president and group executive for public affairs at General Motors, as a member of the Council of Economic Advisers, and as Distinguished Public Service Professor of Economics at the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a member of the Institute's Board of Directors for many years. Robert Whitman is professor emeritus of English literature at the University of Pittsburgh. The previous Whitman Lectures have been presented by leading economic policymakers including Joaquín Almunia, Ross Garnaut, Noboru Hatakeyama, Otmar Issing, Assar Lindbeck, Mario Monti, Dambisa Moyo, and Martin Wolf.